April 1 Issue
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This Week on Connexions.org
Noam Chomsky Announces Las Vegas Residency
Political commentator and anarcho-syndicalist advocate Noam
Chomsky has announced an upcoming three-year residency at a luxury
resort and casino that is scheduled to begin this April. According to
sources, Chomsky will take over a brand-new 5,000-seat venue built
specially for the production, which will run six nights a week, with a
matinee on Saturday. The two-hour speaking engagement and acrobatics
extravaganza, titled Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony Of Wonder, will reportedly
span the highlights of the MIT professor emeritus’s 60-plus–year career
as a social justice activist and outspoken critic of American foreign
policy. “This mesmerizing spectacle is the culmination of everything
I’ve worked toward in my life,” said the 87-year-old Chomsky, bedecked
in one of the sequined cardigans he will wear during the nightly
appearances, which will reportedly feature nine total costume changes.
Keywords: Noam Chomsky - Entertainment Industry
Total terrorism solution
In the European Parliament in Brussels, a "defense and security
consultant" presents an "industrial solution to terrorism" which --
unlike all other military and security solutions -- is guaranteed to
actually work. Read more
Keywords: Security - Terrorism/CounterMeasures
Free Speech and Acceptable Truths
Recognizing that measures are needed to stamp out the threat of
divisive or unconstructive free speech which jeopardizes a safe learning
environment through the promotion of harmful ideas, the University
Department of Acceptable Truths is considering policy changes to govern
which forms of free speech shall be permitted on campus, including the
establishment of a permanent Un-Israeli Activities Committee to ensure
the responsible use of academic freedom on topics related to Israel. The
committee would have the power to investigate anti-Israel statements or
thoughts, compel testimony, administer loyalty oaths, and where
necessary recommend the banning of books, websites, and individuals.
Keywords: Free Speech - Israeli Apartheid
McDonald's and NYPD, together
McDonald's and the New York Police Department have launched "Three
Strikes, You're In!," a bold new program that rewards New Yorkers for
their patience with the NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" policy. With "Three
Strikes, You're In!," individuals who are stopped and released three
times without charge are eligible for one Happy Meal™ at participating
McDonald's stores. To receive their Happy Meal™, customers must record
each stopping officer's badge number, as well as the time and location
of the stop, on a voucher obtainable at these stores. Read more
Keywords: Police Harassment - Stop and Search
Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide Revealed
Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colourless and odourless chemical
compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide. DHMO is a
constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing
agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in
quantities as small as a thimbleful. Concerned citizens are calling for
DHMO to be banned. Read more
Keywords: Dihydrogen Monoxide
Fire Ants Are Being Laced with Homosexual Chemtrails to Bite Christians And Convert Them To Homosexuality
According to reports, fire ants are being laced with homosexual
chemtrails and then dumped in neighbourhoods with higher per capita
rates of Christianity. The homosexual chemtrail concoction contains a
high concentration of gay endorphins. Sources confirm that several
exclusive gay clubs collected the spent sweats of late-night
homosexuality, then sent them to a laboratory where in-vitro techniques
were used to create this potent new form of biological homosexual
chemtrail. Read more
Website of the Week
The Postmodernism Generator
is a computer program written by Andrew. C. Bulhak using the Dada
Engine, a system for generating random text. Each time you reload the
page, it generates a brand-new postmodernist essay, completely
meaningless, but superficially plausible, just like 'real' postmodernist
essay. Those who have suffered through one or more university courses
in cultural studies or the humanities will recognize the genre. Every
time you click refresh in your browser, you’ll get a brand new essay.
Find it here
Keywords: Postmodernism - Nonsense
500 Letters: Generate your artist biography
The computer program on this website
will create an artist’s statement for you. Just check off a few boxes
and click, and voila! you’ve got your own artist’s statement. Ideal for
busy artists and non-artists alike. Find it here
Video of the Week
Explaining financial markets and the financial crisis
The Subprime mortgage crisis explained. John Bird and John
Fortune (the Long Johns) explore the mindset of the investment banking
community in this interview. Watch it here
Keywords: Fictitious Capital - Financial Crisis
'Special' New York Times Blankets Cities with Message of Hope and Change
In November 2008, thousands of volunteers hit the streets to
distribute 1.2 million copies of a special spoof edition of the New York Times. Six months in preparation, the spoof edition, designed to look like the real New York Times,
was headlined with long-awaited news: "IRAQ WAR ENDS". The edition
includes stories describing what the future could hold: national health
care, the abolition of corporate lobbying, a maximum wage for CEOs, etc.
See the special edition here or here (PDF).
Keywords: Alternative Media - Hoaxes
U.S. court rules that corporations are persons
On May 10, 1886, a U.S. court ruled that corporations are
“persons” entitled to all the rights of human beings, plus special
rights that humans don't have, and without however being subject to the
obligations that humans are bound by. The court based its ruling on the
14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an amendment which had been
passed to protect the rights of former slaves. The amendment stated that
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to
the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the
State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which
shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United
States.” Once corporations were recognized as “persons” they were able
to claim, among other things, the right to free speech, which in the
case of a corporations means the right to own the media and to fund and
buy politicians and lobbyists. Here is an account of how this came about. Sorry, this is not a hoax or a satire.
Keywords: Corporate Power - Corporations/Influence on Government -
Noam Chomsky is Going to Take a Day Off
Famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky said Monday
that he was taking a break from combating the hegemony of the American
imperialist machine to try and take it easy for once. "I just want to
lie in a hammock and have a nice relaxing morning," said the outspoken
libertarian socialist academic, who first came to public attention with
his breakthrough 1957 book Syntactic Structures. "The systems of control
designed to manufacture consent will still be there for me to worry
about tomorrow. Today, I'm just going to kick back and enjoy.” Read more
Keywords: Noam Chomsky - Leisure Time
Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
This paper is the now-famous Sokal Hoax. In 1996, Alan Sokal
submitted this article to the postmodern journal Social Text.
Immediately afterwards he revealed the paper to be a hoax engineered to
expose the bankruptcy of postmodernist discourse about science. In
Sokal's own words, it was designed to demonstrate that "a leading North
American journal of cultural studies . . . would publish an article
liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it contained the right buzzwords
and, (b) flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions."
The significance of this hoax has been widely discussed, for example here, and on Sokal’s own website. See the actual article here.
Keywords: Postmodernism - Hoaxes
Chevron's $80 million ad campaign gets flushed
A day-long comedy of errors, and Chevron's waking nightmare, began
when Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, together with the Yes
Lab, pre-empted Chevron's multi-million dollar “We Agree” ad campaign
with a satirical version of their own. The activists' version highlights
Chevron's environmental and social abuses -- especially the toxic mess
the oil giant has left in Ecuador, which Chevron has been attempting to
“greenwash” for years. The activists' pre-emptive campaign began with a
press release from a spoof Chevron domain, which launched the fake “We
Agree” site hours before the real Chevron could launch its own, real
campaign. Read more
Keywords: Environmental Crime - Oil & Gas/Environmental Issues
Is satire still possible when Donald Trump is President and
individuals in positions of power insist that climate change is a hoax?
In a time when corporations are legally considered persons with the
right to dictate governmental, economic, and social policy, while
individual and collective rights are gutted by corporate-dominated
states, yesterday’s outrageous satire all-too-frequently emerges as
today’s reality. Still, satire still exists, and you’ll find some
examples on the Connexions website here
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April 2, 2017
The Songs of Leon Rosselson by Marisa Orth-Pallavacini
Marisa Orth-Pallavicini is a singer/ songwriter, living in Vancouver for the past 40 years.
April 2, 2017
Votes For (some) Women: 100th Anniversary of B.C.’s Women’s Suffrage Historical Walking Tour
On April 5, 1917 eligible white
women got the right to vote in the provincial British Columbia election,
yet it took another three decades for other women (and men) to be
granted that same right.
April 4, 2017
Toronto’s Poor, A Rebellious History
A wide-ranging conversation with
co-author Gaetan Heroux exploring the history of poverty in Toronto and
the struggles against it.
April 5, 2017
Trudeau, Trump, and the future of climate activism in Canada
A discussion about what people
concerned about climate change can do in the face of Trudeau’s response
to climate change thus far. Given the political climate, how can climate
activists move forward, what might be some effective strategies, and
where should we put our energy?
April 7 – 9, 2017
Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense And Weaponization Of Space
A conference and protest in the community known as the ‘Pentagon of the South’.
April 8, 2017
Closing the Gap: Better Health for All
Bringing together scholars and practitioners who are actively implementing solutions to health equity issues.
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April 1, 1649
A group of labourers gather on George’s Hill just outside
London and begin to dig up the earth. The group, known as “True
Levellers” or “Diggers”, intends to plant crops to assert, both practically and symbolically, common ownership
of common land. Digger Gerrard Winstanley says “The earth should be a
common treasury of livelihood to whole mankind, without respect of
April 3, 1851
American abolitionist Frederick Douglass addresses a large anti-slavery audience in Toronto
A cheering crowd of 1200 fills St. Lawrence Hall to listen to
Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave, speak on the evils of
April 4 – July 1, 1935
Unemployed men protest treatment in ‘relief camps’
In the middle of the Great Depression of the 1930s, unemployed
men confined to dismal ‘relief camps’ in British Columbia walk out of
the camps, where they are paid twenty cents a day to work on roads and
other public projects, and head to Vancouver. In Vancouver, the men
decide to take their grievances directly to the federal government in
Ottawa, and on June 3 they board boxcars headed east in what becomes
known as the On to Ottawa Trek.
April 4, 1967
Martin Luther King Jr. condemns U.S. war against Vietnam
Speaking at the Riverside Church in New York City, Martin
Luther King Jr. calls the U.S. government “the greatest purveyor of
violence in the world today”.
April 11, 1972
Beginning of the Common Front strikes in Quebec
Over 200,000 public sector workers go on strike against the
government, and Quebec grinds to a halt. The workers’ demands include a
pay increase to match inflation, a say in working conditions, and equal
pay for equal work.
April 12, 1838
Rebels hanged in Toronto
Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, two men who participated in
the Upper Canada rebellion in 1837, are hanged in Toronto. In the months
he spends in the Toronto Gaol awaiting execution, Lount keeps up the
morale of the other rebel prisoners by defending the cause they had
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